This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A writer in the Bulletin de la Societie d'Acclimation de Paris, says the Gardeners Chronicle, recommends the Ailantus for re-wooding the mountainous districts of France. He asserts that the Russians successfully employ it in reclaiming the arid steppes of the interior of Russia; and the Eastern Railway Company of France have planted it along their line, to bind the earth of the cuttings and embankments. One of the merits of the Ailantus is that it will grow in almost any soil, including dry soils. The wood is used in carriage building and in joinery, and the leaves are valuable in two ways. In the first place they stink so vilely, and are of such a disagreeable taste, that animals do not browse upon them when fresh, though they will eat them when dry. Secondly, the leaves serve to support the silkworm (Attacus cynthia vera); in fact, this silkworm eats the leaves of the Ailantus by preference. Now that a means of preparing the silk spun by this worm has been discovered, both the worm and the tree become more important, and it is confidently hoped that the rearing of this worm will prove a profitable industry".